Acts 20:35 (NKJV)
I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Try this with a child, or for that matter an adult. Have them hold out both hands, palms up, and put a dollar in each palm. Tell them to close their fists tight and keep them closed no matter what you say. Now tell them you’re very poor and need some money. Ask if you can have the two coins. No, their going to hold them tightly. Then tell them you’re very rich and would like to give them four dollars to replace the two they already have. Chances are they will still be holding tight to what they already have.
The illustration shows us what we sometimes fail to recognise, a closed hand misses two blessings in life. A closed hand can not enjoy the blessing of giving to others who are in need, nor can a closed hand receive blessings. God may want to bless you, He gives to us not only to meet our needs but also to teach us to give as Christ gave. Fully, generously, and unconditionally.
Prayerfully hold out both hands in front of you and present them to the Lord for His pleasure, to give or receive.
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